Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowships

The Thoracic Surgery Residency Training Program at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center (UKMC) and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) is a two-year program and accepts one applicant each year. Patients are seen both at UKMC and VAMC.

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is actively involved in all areas of academic practice, including clinical care, education and research. Specific clinical programs have been developed and are ongoing in major aortic surgery, valve repair and valve replacements, TAVR, mitral valve repair techniques, mitraclips, intraoperative echocardiography, cardiac assist devices, ECMO, and heart and lung transplantation. The Division is also expanding into Foregut surgery program in addition to minimally-invasive surgery for lung and esophageal malignancy, and video-assisted thorascopic surgery (VATS).


Start date:  August 1
End date:  July 31

 Each year, thoracic surgery residents rotate every three months between General Thoracic  and Cardiac Surgery Service. The first year is a clinical year providing exposure to general thoracic surgery, congenital cardiac surgery, cardiac and lung transplantation and straightforward adult cardiac surgery. 

In the second year, the Fellow serves as the Chief Resident and junior attending for the division CT Surgery Service. Senior fellows will complete a one month congenital heart rotation at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. 

While on these services, thoracic surgery residents are involved in all daily clinical and educational routines. The resident accompanies faculty on patient rounds, assists on and performs operations, participates in the pre- and post-operative care of patients, and attends conferences. There is a gradual and graded escalation of clinical responsibility to the point that the Senior Fellow can handle all forms of complex cardiac, lung, esophageal and vascular surgical problems. Upon completion of the fellowship, trainees are expected to achieve certification from the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. 

Required Weekly Conferences:

  • Morbidity & Mortality (M & M's) Meeting
  • CT Surgery Division Meeting
  • Residents Book Reviews
  • Multi-Disciplinary Thoracic Oncology Conferences

Elective Conferences

  • Heart Transplant/VAD 
  • Adult Cardiac Catheterization
  • Lung Transplant
  • Cardiovascular Grand Rounds

Monthly Conference:

  • Journal Club - 3rd Wednesday, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Application Process

Selection to the fellowship is done through the National Resident Matching Program. Interested candidates must submit their curriculum vitae, three (3) letters of recommendation, copies of the ABSITE and board scores, and a completed universal application. Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview.

Applications are reviewed in January and February.

Direct Inquiries to:

Sibu Saha, MD, MBA
Professor of Surgery
Professor of Bio-Engineering
Program Director, I-6 & Fellowship Programs


Olivia Turner
Residency Program Coordinator
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery